Webinar help for the 2019 Bruce J. Anderson Grant from the Boston Foundation


from The Boston Foundation for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation (BJA):

Dear friends, 

We hope you are having a great start to the new year.  We are hosting a Webinar Information Session for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation (BJA) next Friday on January 11th at 11:00 a.m. EST.   The purpose of the Information Session is to:

  • Provide an overview of the mission and funding priorities of the BJA
  • Assist with technical questions related to the online application.

This Information Session is primarily for organizations applying for funding for the first time and/or need help submitting the proposal online. Please note that this webinar is not mandatory and attendance will not affect how your application is reviewed. Reminder: The online application is due on Friday, February 8th at 11:59 p.m. EST.  You can access it here. To attend the webinar on Friday, January 11th at 11:00 a.m. please follow the instructions below and accept the attached calendar invitation:

Join Skype Meeting

Trouble Joining? Try Skype Web App

Step 1: Dial in to the meeting: (206) 902 3250. Passcode: 587776 #

Step 2: Click “Join Skype Meeting.”

Step 3: Download the Skype for Business Meetings app and run the application by following the prompted instructions.

Best regards, Ritika Kumar, Donor Services Associate, The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116, Ritika.Kumar@tbf.org

Prior GMG post about 2019 Grant Announcement

Cape Ann Reads 2018 inaugural celebration of children’s picture books by local artists and writers

The Cape Ann Reads inaugural reception celebrating original children’s picture books by local artists and writers was held at City Hall in Gloucester, Massachusetts, January 27, 2018. Linda Bosselman of Sawyer Free Library was the official photographer for the packed event and she captured all its positive energy and people. An upcoming group exhibition featuring these participants will travel to the four Cape Ann communities. As you can see from the celebration pictures, the touring exhibition and its related receptions and readings will be worth a visit! Cape Ann Reads is an initiative by the four public libraries of Cape Ann.

packed event Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA.jpg

The Cape Ann Reads reception and awards ceremony opened  in style – thanks to the red-ribbon cutting courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Ken Riehl.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (33)

Cape Ann Reads 2018 ribbon cutting courtesy CAPE ANN CHAMBER 20180127_133442-ANIMATION

Portraits of the artists and writers

City Hall is a gorgeous venue for an art fair. Linda photographed all the local artists and writers at their individual picture book display booths. Effort was high. Kind friends manned booths for participants who were unable to attend: Ashley was there for Steven Kennedy and Victoria Petway, and Sinikka Nogelo represented Gail and James Seavey.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (20)
Cape Ann Reads Medal Book- The Tree in Dock Square, written by Jean Woodbury (L) illustrations by Bonnie Sylvester (R)


Awards ceremony program began with a warm welcome of support for the arts from Mayor Romeo Theken and opening remarks by the Library Directors and special dignitaries


Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum and Beauport Hotel.

Cape Ann Reads convened a nine member selection panel that included representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, former Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library (now at Manchester); Kate Strong Stadt, former Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Ann Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex.  Joining these talented library staff members were three artists and award winning children’s book author-illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech. Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop provided another crucial area of book world expertise. Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process.

Each library and the Cape Ann Museum designated one child representative for the second jury — a thoughtful panel of children: Eli Porter, Alycia Hogan Lopez, John Recroft, Lucas Rodi, and Josie West. They put in tremendous effort to read every entry, prepare notes, and come together for discussion. They were tasked with close reading and instructions to let us know any books that were favorites or that they wanted to compliment. Several came to assist the event as junior staff.


Awards presentation – Cape Ann Reads Gulliver, Honor and Medal books

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